Updates: My True Motivation

As you all know, I’ve had a busy schedule these last few months. Now, I get it. I’ve made that excuse a lot lately and it’s no bueno. I feel like I haven’t really been consistent with the blog and I’m trying to change that around.

I don’t care what ANYONE says… becoming a teacher is difficult. I’ve had to take 4 tests based of knowledge content, 4 (30-50 page) case studies as well as the RICA test coming up in January. It’s tough but it’s all worth it. I thought since I have a pretty crazy lifestyle, I want to spread my motivation to work with others.

I am also getting married next year….woot woot! So far, all these tests and the crazy school schedule has caused me to really put my weight loss goals on the back burner..so starting tomorrow (since it’s 9:52 pm here) I will be enforcing the Paleo diet along with a consistent 4 days a week work out schedule. I will need to meal prep for the week as well as figure out a way to diminish my sugar cravings. Although I will have cheat meals, I will do my best to stick to Paleo.There are several people who I know personally and have seen through pinterest who have really inspired me.
I’m going to do a combination of my own workouts, tone it up work outs, HIIT work outs, WOD , Dalis Connell and so on and so on. I’m not going to stick to a particular program. I’m going to have certain days where I focus on legs, arms, carido and abs. I also just recently got a puppy and will be doing a lot of hiking :) I have to keep up with my 1st, 5th and 6th graders :)

With that being said…I’m going to do an epic Halloween post tomorrow that will be available Nov 1. My fiance’s family LOVES Halloween and I enjoy spending Halloween with them :)
P.S. I know I need to get better at this whole picture thing…

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Being done.

So over the last few weeks, I’ve been struggling with eating right, working out etc. I’ve also started student teaching, garrett bought a house, taking long night classes and barely have time for myself. We will be moving in a few weeks and we are getting ready to show our apartment tomorrow. With having assignments due, lesson plans, packing and cleaning…I’ve been struggling.
I feel so guilty that I haven’t been able to work out, I mean I know it’s an excuse but I’m just tired at the end of the day.

Also I am completely done with binge eating. Yep I said it binge eating. I’m just tired of looking and feeling the same way. I’m done feeling perfect. Today I got a call from Jessica James, yes the bikini competition pro :) and she gave me insight on her experience with Over Eaters anonymous. It’s time to change my habits and mind set. I’m ready.

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Why insanity didn’t work for me…

Insanity is a popular beach body program directed by Shaun T. and a few other beach body coaches. In April and May I decided to complete Insanity journey since I’ve had the program for a few years and didn’t complete it.
At first I really liked the program. I will also say that it helped me get back my workout routine with exercising 6 plus days a week. People did start to notice my body changes however the weight on the scale didn’t change.
I didn’t necessarily follow the eating program, but I was eating healthy. Keep in mind that the program is all cardio, and cardio doesn’t shape your body. All cardio does is make your current body style smaller.
Why it didn’t work for me
Weight loss-
Insanity didn’t work for me in terms of weight loss. I was also losing a ton of muscle on the program so literally my body was getting smaller. I conducted my body fat percentage before and after the program and noticed a very small change. I kept thinking I was doing something wrong since I was burning 500-700 calories per workout and I saw that a ton of people got results from Insanity.
Didn’t focus on the main problem for me-
My main problem with weight loss is overeating. Ever since I was a little girl I would emotionally eat under stress or depression. I was never taught what an ACTUAL portion should be.
Repetitive- Although I liked that it improved my consistency with working out, I didn’t like the repetitiveness of the workout

Benefits of Insanity
Running- Insanity improved my overall cardiovascular rate. I was able to run faster and longer while doing the insanity routine.
Routine- Insanity provided me with a routine so I had no excuse to not get my workout done.After I was done with Insanity, I kept my workout routine and had motivation to workout 6-7 days per week.
Motivating- Shaun T. was very motivating through out the workouts which kept me focused.
What works for me-
I’ve also found with my recent 15 pound loss that fitness is very specific on the person. Personally, I do better when I do intuitive eating (only eating when I’m hungry). Compared to what everyone is saying what we should do and eat 5-6 small meals a day. This doesn’t work for me and my digestive system. I also have a lot less inflammation in my body so my body is able to function better since I’ve cut out gluten and dairy for the most part. I still eat complexed carbs, but I’m very selective. I make sure when I eat it that it’s worth it. Other than that I’ve focused on mostly protein, veggies and healthy fats. Also, you can over do it with fats. It’s important that we focus on portion sizes.
Dalis Connell and Tone It Up- Karena & Katrina helped me focus on how important intuitive eating and portion sizes are. Even though Tone It Up agrees with eating 5-6 small meals a day…I just customize it to my needs. Remember, what works for someone else may not work for you.

Weights and HIIT have helped me shed the pounds.
Examples of a HIIT workout I do
walk for 1 min 30 seconds
sprint (and I mean sprint 7.0-9.0) for 30-40 seconds.
*I focus on how I’m feeling for the day, if I don’t feel well generally I tone down my sprints)
Tone it up workouts-
With my body style, I gain muscle quickly. I don’t necessarily like workout out with heavy weights because I get bulky. Personally I don’t like that look on me so I like the long and lean muscle look and Tone it Up is perfect for that! I will also say that the Tone It Up community was a brilliant idea on Karena and Katrina’s part. So motivating and keeps you in tact with your goals :)

This goes to show that yes, everyone is different. However it also shows that for me weights is a key to my weight loss routine. Also, I notice more changes with my body when I do something everyday compared to working out really hard 4 days a week.
*Once I complete my goal, I will show before and after photos. Not sure if I’m ready for that yet.

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Hiking Big Sur

Last weekend, Garrett and I decided to make a day trip to Big Sur! Big Sir is located on the coast of California and boy is it pretty! On our way, we stopped and had breakfast/lunch at this cute little cafe close to Big Sur. We had two eggs and chorizo. I’m a huge fan of breakfast burritos and salsa and eggs for breakfast.

We hiked the Ewoldsen Trail. The website says it’s 4.6 round trip but I call BS. My fitbit tracked over 6 miles and lets just say we did a lot of driving before so there is NO way I walked two miles of steps before we got to big sur. I would say the hike was intermediate. There were a lot of steep parts, but Garrett and I took the steep side first. When we walked the other side, we realized that we took the more advanced trail.

We made it to the look out point :) One of my favorite spots because the ocean is so clear and beautiful. Although I’m a big Colorado girl, this is one of my favorite things about California. Being able to hike near the ocean is one of my favorite things to do!

Look how clear the ocean was!

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When we started to make the loop, Garrett took tons of pictures on his Galaxy. I hate to burst the apple bubble but Galaxy’s seem way better to me. As soon as I can, I’m going to switch over!

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So I’m not a huge fan of heights…I’m good with Roller coasters or being up high as long as I have my hand on something. However, Garrett was crossing logs that were really high off the ground. He convinced me to cross it, the first log I crawled (I know I know lol) the second time he took my hand and made it across..he wanted me to see the pretty view :)

Since I love vintage things and anything before the 1950’s, we took a picture of this bridge that was built in 1932…and used the vintage galaxy filter.
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By far Big Sur is one of my favorite places in California…next to Hearst Castle which is only an hour away from Big Sur :)

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